The mixed reality developed by CCG, applied in the context of hypermarket logistics, was highlighted in TVI24’s “NXT – The Next Step” program.
The work developed in the CCG, by the CVIG (Computer Vision Interaction and Graphics) applied research domain, together with SONAE MC, allows shortening the logistic processes in the large warehouses, reducing the time of supply delays and facilitating the training of new workers, which becomes more interactive, effective and satisfying.
In addition to optimizing the training of the picking activity, the mixed reality technology also allows increasing the levels of safety in the work.
This promising project was chosen amongst hundreds of technological projects to be present in the annual demonstration of SONAE results.
In February 2018, the CCG obtained the double certification ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and NP 4457 (Management of Research, Development and Innovation) awarded by APCER – Portuguese Certification Association.
This certification covers all research, development and innovation activities in the areas of computer graphics and information technologies, developed by CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica.
Even without having the legal form of company, the CCG achieved the certification by its degree of organization and by the maturity of the practices of management of the quality and RDI.
This certification reinforces the commitment of the CCG to achieve continuous improvement, accentuating the collective effort made in quality assurance within the Center of Computer Graphics.
João Nuno Oliveira, CEO of CCG, stated that this double certification is a proof of the quality of the work developed by the CCG and of the commitment established with quality, with the customer, and with the partners.
Mónica Melo, Manager of the Integrated Management System (SGI) of the CCG, also adds that NP 4457 is another differentiating factor in a market that is proving increasingly demanding and competitive while enhancing the commitment of all employees of the organization in achieving innovation objectives at the same time.
The CCG is part of the Technical Commission for Standardization “TC 196 – Electronic Invoice”, a technical body that aims at drafting normative documents and opinions regarding the dematerialization of documents at European level and electronic invoices.
This technical committee was created by IPQ – Portuguese Quality Institute – as National Standardization Body.
The Technical Committee 196 is intended to monitor work on the dematerialization of documents and electronic invoicing at European level, in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) or in the European Commission (EC), taking into account its framework at national level.
The EC has issued a warrant to CEN for the creation of a European standard for the semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice.
This new standard will need to be technologically neutral and compliant with relevant international standards at the level of the electronic invoice or be used for business-to-business transactions.
This technical committee is chaired by GS1 Portugal CODIPOR and secretariat by CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica, through Ana Lima, development coordinator of the EPMQ domain of CCG.
In this committee there is a vast set of stakeholders, both from the public sector and from the private sector:
The CCG also includes a technical standardization commission for Health Information and Communication Technologies and Systems, through the EPMQ laboratory, and an international technical standard for ergonomics under the PIU applied research domain.
General Data Protection Regulation. Still have not heard of it? This is an important legislation that you will have to know by heart and prepare your company to receive as early as May 2018.
An IDC study released on 30 January 2018 concluded that about 80% of European SMEs are not yet prepared for this regulation, while time is running out.
Below is a summary of the essentials to be retained in this new law.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European regulation (EU 2016/679) which lays down rules on the protection, treatment and free circulation of personal data of persons in the countries of the European Union.
This regulation aims to strengthen citizens data protection and harmonize the legislation of EU member states.
The General Data Protection Regulation takes effect on May 25, 2018, replacing the current data protection law.
The legislation applies to all organizations established in the European Union and to those outside the EU that deal with data from their residents.
The companies are obliged to prove compliance with all the requirements derived from the application of this regulation.
The new general regulation brings some significant changes, of different impact in organizations, according to their nature, the area of action, size, and type of treatments applied to personal data.
There are a number of day-to-day procedures that need to be reviewed in companies in order to follow the GDPR’s rules on the processing of personal data.
The new legal framework establishes a framework of fines based on two steps depending on the seriousness of the irregularity.
To monitor the work being done by data protection authorities at European level, you can consult the website of the National Commission for Data Protection.
All information can be found on the website of European Union law.
Linked to data regulation is the important issue of cybersecurity.
The Employment Day 2018 will be held on February 6, in Buildings 1 and 3 of the Azurém Campus, University of Minho (UM), in Guimarães.
This job fair is part of the 2018 Engineering School Week, which has as its theme: “Career – Future”, at a time when it marks the 43rd anniversary of the School of Engeneering.
The purpose of this 2018 Employment Day is to connect current students and future UM graduates, in particular the School of Engineering ones, with the business fabric and the R & D & I ecosystem.
From 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the 6th of February, it will be possible to know at the fair the employment opportunities available in 80 companies, as well as to have direct contact with its recruiters and the business reality.
The CCG – Center for Computer Graphics – will be present on the 2018 Employment Day at booth 33 of Building 3, next to the auditorium B1.14.
Job applicants will be able to discover in detail the open and current CCG recruitment opportunities.
CCG recruitment vacancies are available online all the time on the CCG recruitment page.
It will be possible to find job openings and useful information at this job fair on the following companies:
The definition of Cybersecurity is broad, just like its universe. Cybersecurity encompasses a whole range of media and technologies that aim to protect computers, programs, networks and data from any unlawful damages and intrusions, as well as user behaviors and attitudes, and which in some way condition information security. And as the world increases its interconnection, more people share the responsibility to ensure the security of Cyberspace.
With the ever-increasing number of existing electronic devices (Internet of Things) and its users, as well as online business and networked information, cyberspace security has become a serious concern for people, businesses, governments, and nations, directly interfering with trust in systems, which is fundamental to the acceptance of technological developments.
For companies, more than just a simple IT problem, cybersecurity is even a business risk. Information security is a very sensitive issue that forces new processes in companies, derived from the new General Data Protection Regulation.
With the addition of users and the information contained in the network, and with the change of the business sphere and the administration of systems to the online world, with the triggering of machine learning and artificial intelligence, daily risks and threats in this medium appear, with the proliferation of methods of attack to the computerized systems.
Cyber-attacks are often seen in financial and administrative services (banks, communication networks, energy, air traffic, state agencies, health organizations, among many others) and Cyberpirates often are associated with industrial espionage. In any case, there is a very large heterogeneity in the profile of the attackers, ranging from non-expert young people driven by curiosity (often with dire consequences) to organized crime.
The most well-known cyber-attacks are malware (including ransomware), scareware’s, botnets, denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, and attacks on social networks. An absent-minded person, in a routine gesture, can open an infected file (it is always necessary to think before clicking).
Movies (“Die Hard 4.0”, for example) and the popular television series (such as “Mr. Robot” and “Black Mirror”) talk about what the near future of the world will be like, with the chaos generated by cyberattacks provoked by cyber-terrorists.
In addition to the traditional dangers of data theft, extortion, blackmail, and vandalism, cyberhackers move to more rapid sands, such as espionage, misinformation, market manipulation, and infrastructure disruption.
The threat is real, leading governments and companies to invest in research and the attainment of new information security technologies, in the production of norms and regulations, without neglecting education.
Malware, for example, can simply “sit” quietly within a network, and then its access is sold to the largest bidder in underground networks. Such RAT (remote access trojan) malware poses a huge challenge for cybersecurity professionals as it is designed not to be detected by nature. Often this type of software is not developed for this purpose, it is simply taken advantage of in an unforeseen way, taking advantage of incomplete or poorly performed specifications (in an ideal context).
In this perspective, cybersecurity takes on a different relevance, because one can consider part of the business model itself around the technologies. In this dimension, in particular, the importance of standardization and regulation is evident.
It is already taken for granted: data center architectures and traditional infrastructure and operations practices are not enough to respond to the digital transformation and the needs of today’s digital businesses.
Technological innovation comes faster than most organizations can keep up with. Before one innovation is implemented, two more have arrived.
The technology has to support complex applications in systems scattered across multiple locations, from data centers to the cloud and to hosting providers.
Businesses need an approach that integrates cybersecurity into every aspect of the organization, from the IT department to the training of employees for security policies. Cybersecurity should be approached as an entire business structure, which covers areas from the business context to security policies and standards.
In short, cybersecurity is not only the responsibility of the “IT crowd”, or just the business. It’s all about teamwork. The development of a safe cyberspace requires the participation of all: companies, governments, and even consumers.
Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted; none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain. Kevin Mitnick
Hackers find more success with organizations where employees are under appreciated, over worked and under paid. Why would anyone in an organization like that care enough to think twice before clicking on a phishing email? James Scott
Hardware is easy to protect: lock it in a room, chain it to a desk, or buy a spare. Information poses more of a problem. It can exist in more than one place; be transported halfway across the planet in seconds; and be stolen without your knowledge. Bruce Schneier
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image. Stephen Hawking
If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology. Bruce Schneier
My message for companies that think they haven’t been attacked is: “You’re not looking hard enough”. James Snook
In the very near future, cyber security exercises are going to be absolutely expected of all companies by regulators. Michael Vatis
In CCG, cybersecurity is already a great concern and a priority. It is being developed in the domain of applied research EPMQ, by researcher Henrique Santos, with Ana Lima as development coordinator.
Critical Manufacturing and the Center for Computer Graphics (CCG) co-hosted the “Industry 4.0: Reshaping The Human Machine Interfaces” event that took place on January 24, at DSI, of the Azurém campus of the University of Minho, in Guimarães.
At this free entry conference, CCG gave a presentation of its recent developments and projects in the area of human-machine interaction, while Critical Manufacturing released the results of its HMI project, UX-FAB – Universal Experiences for Advanced Fabs.
The CCG presented some of the innovative technology projects that it is developing, such as AGATHA (an intelligent criminal investigation system), MaxCut4Fish (a smart fish cutting system), and UH4SP (a software architecture, service oriented and technological solutions, incorporating the paradigm of IoT and Industry 4.0) through Miguel Guevara, development coordinator of the domínio CVIG.
Carlos Silva, the development coordinator of the CCG’s PIU domain, spoke about the technologies and research methods used in projects such as SIGECAR and HMIExcel, where the solutions are designed and tested specifically for the industry, evaluating the usability of the experience providing the best possible end result.
On the Critical Manufacturing side, José Pedro Silva, software engineer of this entity, praised that the focus is increasingly on the user side, and the technological solution should be directed to this, granting it the customization capability. As there are different contexts and realities, different powers of response for each user are also necessary.
As Industry 4.0 focuses on the consumer, with possibilities of product customization almost to the specific unit, the UX-FAB project tried to introduce this same concept to industrial interfaces, where line operators/managers can create their interfaces. José Pedro Silva demonstrated how the UX-FAB project works and what it allows each user to do.
After these presentations, the various scenarios of Industry 4.0 and the human-machine interfaces were discussed, as well as visits to the laboratories of the CCG, to get a direct knowledge with some of the technologies used in the projects developed by the CCG.
Industry 4.0: Reshaping The Human Machine Interfaces is the title of the event that takes place on the afternoon of January 24 in the amphitheater 0.19 of the DSI (Department of Information Systems) in the Azurém Campus nº11, University of Minho, Guimarães.
This conference will encourage discussion on graphical user interfaces and human-machine interfaces (HMI) in the context of industry 4.0, unraveling possible scenarios for the future.
Starting at 2:30 p.m., with free admission, the event will feature a presentation by the CCG on its recent developments and projects in the area of human-machine interaction.
Critical Manufacturing will release the results of its HMI project, UX-FAB – Universal Experiences for Advanced Fabs.
Towards the end of the conference, a panel discussion on the impact of Industry 4.0 on human-machine interaction is reserved.
Read more about this event in the article: “Industry 4.0 and the remodeling of human-machine interaction under analysis“.
UMinhoTech. This is the name of the project that intends to boost the economic valuation of the scientific knowledge produced at the University of Minho and its Technological Interfaces, namely at CCG – Center for Computer Graphics, at PIEP – Innovation Center for Polymer Engineering and CVR – Centro for the Valorization of Waste.
With more than 57 thousand graduates, the University of Minho (UM) represents about 10% of the Portuguese scientific system. In addition, the UM is one of the national institutions with greater capacity of coordination of great European projects.
With the complete name of UMinhoTech – Technology for Future, the project’s main objectives are to:
Given the dynamics introduced by this project, it is also intended to:
To achieve these goals, the project consortium will implement an innovative approach to the business sector, with the creation of an ecosystem made up of the University of Minho and it’s Technological Interfaces (PIEP, CCG, CVR, and TecMinho).
This ecosystem is concretized in the design of the brand “UMinhoTech”. This brand brings together the portfolio of scientific and technological services and expertise designed these knowledge centers, demonstrating the added value for companies in collaboration with these centers.
An interactive technological platform will also be developed for the dissemination of the UMinhoTech brand and for the transfer of knowledge from knowledge centers to companies.
In the Campus of Azurém, in Guimarães, a showroom will be created, with a sample of the best technology of the academy and its interfaces, which will act as the living room for companies and institutions visiting UM.
For the dissemination of the scientific and technological competences of this ecosystem, three projects will be implemented to demonstrate the technology of R + D + I activities.
In order to increase visibility at international level, the UMinhoTech promoter consortium will participate in international events and promote participation in international cooperation platforms and networks.
This project is supported by COMPETE 2020 under the Collective Action System, involving an eligible investment of 898,000 euros, resulting in an ERDF incentive of 763,000 euros.
The CCG – Center for Computer Graphics – participated in Smartathon’18, which took place on January 9, in the Conference Room of the Platform of Arts and Creativity in Guimarães.
This “marathon of ideas” aimed to obtain contributions from society, the startup’s ecosystem, innovative companies and the scientific and technological system for the DREAM Smart City proposal, led by the city of Guimarães and included in the Smart Cities & Communities program.
The goal of this co-creation challenge was to promote the generation of ideas and solutions to the priority themes of a Smart City: climate, energy, data, housing, urban space, water, waste, mobility, work, people, and communities.
The CCG participated in this initiative through Carlos Neves and João Moutinho, who guided their interventions in the conceptual domain of city politics for the construction of a Smart City and in the field of technological solutions to respond to the concrete challenges of the city of Guimarães.
As a project partner, the CCG will actively collaborate with the Guimarães City Council and the University of Minho in the preparation of the proposal for funding H2020-LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018.
Find more information about the event Smartathon’18.